Project Overview


The Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI) officially kicked off in May 2013 and is working with more than 10,000 healthcare providers and 117 birthing facilities to develop and implement standard approaches for handling obstetric emergencies associated with maternal mortality and morbidity. The SMI focuses on the three leading causes of maternal death – obstetric hemorrhage (severe bleeding), venous thromboembolism (blood clots), and severe hypertension in pregnancy (high blood pressure).

ACOG District II has worked intimately with obstetric providers across the state and the country to develop the contents of a maternal safety bundle toolkit that addresses these obstetric emergencies. SMI workgroup members and key hospital contributors had the opportunity to comment on, edit, and vet all materials contained within the toolkit among one another - a testament to their dedication and commitment to improving care of all pregnant women across New York State. The information contained within the toolkit provides standardized guidance and support to obstetrician-gynecologists, multidisciplinary clinical staff, and hospitals to develop a comprehensive and standardized care management process for patients who may be at risk for maternal mortality.

SMI Collaborations in New York State

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC)

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS)

Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)

New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP)

New York State American Academy of Pediatrics (NYSAAP)


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